Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds 2022: College Football Odds, Team Preview

Written By Brett Gibbons on September 5, 2022
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There’s a new era for Notre Dame football under new head coach Marcus Freeman. Freeman’s hiring was one of the most widely-praised moves in an offseason full of coaching turnover. A typically-loaded Notre Dame roster now has a young head coach with a drive to win and the hope of postseason success that predecessor Brian Kelly didn’t achieve. What do the odds suggest about Notre Dame football this coming season?

This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2022 season. How do they stack up on college football odds boards and to the rest of the league as a whole?

Week 2 Odds: Notre Dame vs. Marshall

Notre Dame opened this game initially as an 18-point favorite, but that number very quickly grew to -20. Currently, the Irish are favorites against visiting Marshall. The Thundering Herd are down star running back Rasheed Ali and are coming off a 55-3 warmup victory over FCS Norfolk State. Notre Dame’s defense looked stout in their opening game against Ohio State and young QB Tyler Buchner started that contest 12-12 passing.

While ND struggled with the likes of Toledo a season ago early on, don’t expect this to be much of a nail biter. Head coach Marcus Freeman showed fire and energy, a strong indicator that the Irish won’t be sleepwalking through these early games.

Notre Dame odds, 2022 team preview

We all saw the video of Notre Dame’s players reacting to Freeman’s promotion. He’s a character guy who will build Notre Dame into a national contender given time; take a look at Freeman’s job as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator and– before that– on Ohio State’s staff. Everywhere he’s coached has turned into powerhouses. There’s no question Freeman is the right guy for the job.

Their offensive line returns four of five starters, including some All-American candidates in center Jarrett Patterson and tackle Joe Alt. Tacking on Mayer to the end makes the Irish’s offensive front one of the strongest units in the nation. That’s about where the certainty ends for Notre Dame’s offense.

Sophomore Buchner earned the starting QB spot to start the year. He’ll have to find a go-to receiver outside of just Mayer; it’s an experienced group, but lacks a top-end threat players like Chase Claypool and Equanimeous St. Brown have been in the recent past. Sophomore Lorenzo Styles is a breakout candidate, but he stands just 6’1″, 195 pounds.

Defensively, Notre Dame is going to be solid. In comes Al Golden, a former FBS head coach and Bengals assistant, who gives the defense years of coaching experience Freeman doesn’t have. They added All-American safety Brandon Joseph in the transfer portal– one of the top safeties in the nation– and return All-American candidate Isaiah Foskey. Both are potential NFL first-round selections in the 2023 Draft and give Notre Dame a strong foundation.

Their schedule annually is tough, but this year presents new challenges. The Irish close the season against USC and have a home stint against Clemson in early November– neither of those which are the Irish favored in.

Players to watch

  • OL Jarrett Patterson: Not to be confused with the recent Buffalo running back (Jaret), Patterson is an All-American candidate. He lands on Athlon Sports’ second team and Phil Steele’s first team preseason All-American list and will be in the conversation to be a first-round NFL pick. Patterson is a rising senior and leads an OL group that returns four of five starters. They’ll be one of the best units in the nation.
  • TE Michael Mayer: Mayer didn’t make an All-American team last season behind two studs (Colorado State’s Trey McBride, Georgia’s Brock Bowers), but he’s got an excellent chance this year. He was the leading receiver for the Irish last season, hauling in seven touchdowns and oftentimes being an unguardable game breaker. With a new QB at the helm this year, expect Mayer to be the leading target guy again this year.
  • SAF Brandon Joseph: 2021 All-American Joseph is a transfer from Northwestern, where he was the lone bright spot on an abysmal team. He’ll slot into the void left by Kyle Hamilton, matching him in coverage ability, albeit at a smaller 6’1″ to Hamilton’s 6′ 4″. Joseph has experience guarding some of the toughest receiving corps in the nation and was a standout in the 2020 Big Ten championship game against Ohio State.

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Notre Dame schedule and betting odds

DateGameTime (ET)Spread
9/3/22at Ohio StateL 21-10
9/10/22vs. Marshall2:30 p.m.-18.5
9/17/22vs. Cal2:30 p.m.OTB
9/24/22at North CarolinaTBA-6.5
10/8/22vs. BYU7:30 p.m.-6.5
10/15/22vs. Stanford7:30 p.m.-14.5
10/22/22vs. UNLV2:30 p.m.OTB
10/29/22at SyracuseTBAOTB
11/5/22vs. Clemson7:30 p.m.+2
11/12/22vs. Navy12:00 p.m.OTB
11/19/22vs. Boston College2:30 p.m.OTB
11/26/22at USCTBA+2.5

Notre Dame Fighting Irish futures odds

College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.

Notre Dame win total

Over wins might seem like a big dip against recent success. However, stints at Ohio State and USC as well as drawing Clemson at home are games the Irish aren’t favored in with opening lines.

Odds to win 2023 National Championship

Notre Dame’s never far from the national conversation. This year, they’re to win the National Championship. The benefit of their aforementioned gauntlet of a schedule is– even if they lose to one of (or even two of) Ohio State, Clemson, and USC– they remain a contender for the College Football Playoff.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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